FOLLOWING the exit of Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, head coach Bong Ramos looks forward to its preparations for the next conference.
Ramos said the Elite will join a tournament in Surabaya, Indonesia and the Super 8 Basketball Tournament in Macau as part of the buildup for the Governors’ Cup.
The tournament comes after the Elite finished dead-last in the Commissioner’s Cup with a 1-10 win-loss slate.
“Part ng preparation namin is play sa Surabaya and also sa Macau. Part na rin ‘yung i-develop namin doon ‘yung chemistry ng team at team bonding,” said Ramos after the Elite lost to San Miguel in their final game of the conference.
Blackwater will not have any changes come the Governors’ Cup with import Henry Walker also playing in the season-ending conference after coming in early for the Commissioner’s Cup.
Ramos said the two tournaments are a great opportunity for Blackwater to develop their play especially in Macau where they will not be playing with an import and will be up against other club teams from Asia including NLEX.
Ramos also said the two trips abroad is also an opportunity to develop chemistry and camaraderie in the team.
“Sa Macau kasi, mabibigat kalaban. Doon, binawal nila imports so we will be playing all local. I believe makakalaban namin don, ka-match naman sa PBA. Ibig sabihin, may chance tayo,” said Ramos.
“Tignan natin ano mararating namin doon. Ang importante sa amin doon is ‘yung games. We need more games bago mag-third conference. Unti-unti pa lang namin nade-develop ‘yung sistema. ‘Yung mga players, tinitignan ko kung sino puwedeng gamitin,” said Ramos.
Ramos is confident their preparations will be able to improve their standings in the Governors’ Cup.
“Personally, as a coach, dapat umakyat kami. Hindi ako papayag na hindi kami umakyat. Nasa baba kami ngayon so we have to go up diba?” said Ramos.